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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., addresses reporters about ongoing discussions about the so-called fiscal cliff on Dec. 18. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the White House last month. Toby Jorrin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': Scott Horsley and David Greene

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President Obama in the Oval Office, where there may be some more late night bargaining sessions before a deal is reached to keep the federal government from going over the "fiscal cliff." (December 2009 file photo.) Pete Souza/The White House hide caption

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Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., speaks during to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 9. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How long and how late will talks go? (The Capitol dome.) Karen Bleier /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform and the man behind the pledge. Jim Watson /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Allen West , R-FL, speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C., in February. Mandel Ngan /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, folks lined up to cast early ballots. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in December 2011. Yuri Gripas /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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